I spent much of my summers growing up glued to the television, the sports page, and the radio.
I couldn't get enough of our new baseball team. I pored over box scores every day and then pretended to be Kevin Ritz, Andres Galarraga, Dante Bichette, and Larry Walker in my backyard.
Which brings me to my main point. In our team's short history, we have a slew of players that had great seasons with us and mediocre seasons with the rest of the league, not to mention horrible home/road splits. There is one player who has a chance, albeit microscopic, to transcend the rest of the country's perception of Coors Field and make it into the Cooperstown. So let me be the first to take a lot at #33's career and see if he is hall-worthy.The career numbers are fantastic for the thrilling Canadian five-tool talent: .313/.400/.565. He also hit 385 home runs, stole 230 bases, and made 214 outfield assists. He won an MVP in 2001, went to the All-Star Game five times, won seven Gold Gloves and three Silver Sluggers. He led the league in BA three times, OBP twice, and slugging twice. In his best year, he hit .366/.452/.720 with 49 home runs, 33 stolen bases, and 130 runs batted in. Fantastic.
Let's not forget that his career was pretty much derailed by a Griffey-like broken collarbone. Nevertheless, he had some very respectable seasons after the injury, though his career pretty much petered out after being traded to the St. Louis Cardinals in the middle of the 2004 season.
I'm pressed for time so I can't go into his horrendous (and as far as the Hall goes, potentially debilitating) home/road splits, but those numbers speak for themselves. He played for Colorado during the prime of his career, though he showed flashes of brilliance in his early years in Montreal, so I don't think he's COMPLETELY a Coors Field creation. I remember watching him pretending to sit underneath a fly ball to the warning track, lulling the batter into thinking he had flied out, only to spin around right at the last second to snag the ball off the wall and zip it to second base, robbing a batter of an extra-base hit. I mean, come on. No disrespect, but Walker makes Brad Hawpe look like Juan Pierre. Gotta run, but who else would like to see a plaque in Cooperstown with Walker's name on it??